For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 27, 2002

President Pleased with Charlotte Welfare-to-Work Program
Remarks by the President to the Travel Pool
Chamber of Commerce
Charlotte, North Carolina

11:01 A.M. EST


Q    Sir --

THE PRESIDENT:  A couple of quick ones.

Q    Yes, if you don't mind.  Do you think there's al Qaeda influence in Georgia?

THE PRESIDENT:  I do.  So long as there's al Qaeda influence anywhere, we will help the host countries rout them out and bring them to justice.

Q    What specifically are we doing to help Georgia?

THE PRESIDENT:  Mainly, equipment and technical advice.  Obviously, in order for us to work closely with governments that have been invaded by al Qaeda cells, they're going to have to request -- request help.  And we've made it very clear that either you're with us or you're against us, and we've made it very clear that we hope that nations step up and do their jobs.

Obviously, we've got a presence in the Philippines because there's an al Qaeda-affiliated group of people there.  And we've had some successes in Yemen, where we're working.  We're working around the world.

When this war started I told the American people that there would be a variety of fronts on the war against terrorism, some of which would be very visible; some of which we wouldn't see much about.  And the American people need to know that, one, we're maintaining our coalition and the efforts of the coalition; and two, any time we find terrorist organizations like al Qaeda, we will do everything we can to bring them to justice.

And, so, yes.


Q    Thank you.

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